What's Your Favorite Place to Take a Dip in the Southland?

Don't miss the opportunity to nominate what you feel is the BEST public swimming pool in your community or a surrounding town. It'll face off against others from the area for the title of the most-loved pool in the Southland. Dive right in!

Thanks for participating in Patch's Readers' Choice! Our nomination period is now over. Check back July 23, when live voting for your favorites begins!


The stifling heat of summer has descended upon the Southland, and everyone's looking for ways to cool off.

Some won't have to go far—to swimming pools in their backyards—but others will flock to community pools for a quick dip on a hot day. Some pools are laidback oases, perfect for a book and a cold drink. Others are too fun to resist a ride down the slide and splashing with the youngsters.

So tell us—What's your preferred public pool in the Southland? There's no doubt that we have a repertoire of options in Orland Park, , Oak ForestPalosChicago HeightsHomewood-FlossmoorEvergreen ParkOak LawnFrankfortNew Lenox and Mokena

Nominate your favorite community pool by telling us in the comments. Here are a few suggestions; however, they STILL NEED TO BE NOMINATED to be included in the poll! As pools or water parks are nominated, they'll be added to the list and bolded.

  •  in Orland Park
  •  in Palos Heights
  •  in Homewood

We will accept nominations through July 9.

Devi Book June 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Park Forest Aqua Center is BY FAR the Best place to take a dip in the south suburbs. Been a member since 1965!
Barb June 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Riviera Country Club...... :)
Sue S. June 18, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Centennial Aquatic Center in Orland Park. It's got the best guards, staff, and facility.
Richard DeVries June 18, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Centennial is a blast. But for a place thats closer to me and fun for just swimming is gingerwood pool
Katie Trebes June 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
White Water Canyon Water Park in Tinley Park. I LOVE this pool, I have moved away but I still continue to come to the pool even though it is a drive for me. There is alot to do for small children to adults. (:
Susan June 19, 2012 at 02:37 PM
White Water Canyon in Tinley Park. Clean, observant lifeguards, variety for little ones (I have a toddler and she LOVES it here!) and a snack bar to squash the hungry/thirsty feeling without emptying your wallet.
lucy June 19, 2012 at 03:22 PM
My kids and i love White Water Canyon in Tinley Park. It's clean the guards and staff are always so polite and on the look out. It has a little of everything for everyone.
Kate June 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
My kids LOVE White Water Canyon in Tinley Park, we go ALL the time. Very clean and staff is great.
maggie June 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Lawn Aqua Pool in Oak Lawn Illinois. 51 years young and still the best place to swim in the southland. Started by a group of families that needed a place for their kids to have fun during the summer so they bought the property on 111th street and had the pool built and families are still hanging out there!!!
Erin June 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Lawn Aqua in Oak Lawn Illinois. Its the best!!
just my opinion June 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I saw in the article that that they mentioned a pool in new Lenox...is the a pool there...if so where is it at?
FlossmoorMom June 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Lion's Club!
Donna July 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Orland Park's pool is the best. I was at the pool in TP once and the guards were letting kids throw wet, hacky sacks around. I wasn't looking forward to getting one of those in my face so I never went there again.
Diana Hindahl July 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM
We love Splash Station in Joliet! Very clean and enjoyable!!
Amanda Walsh July 09, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Burbank Pool!


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